(Theatre piece for anarchist girls and stuffed animals)
Based on “The house of Bernarda Alba” by Federico García Lorca
Staged by Maricel Alvarez & Emilio Garcia Wehbi
Konzert Theater Bern, Switzerland, 2015
The title “Burning House” quotes, in part, a famous phrase by Spanish anarchist Buenaventura Durruti (1896-1936), killed during the Spanish Civil War, which in turn was a quote from an original phrase by Russian anarchist Peter Kropotkin, who said: “The only enlightening church is a burning church”.
Thus, it is from the anarchist postulates that this staging revisits Federico Garcia Lorca’s play “The House of Bernarda Alba”. The family, taken as the basic structure of microfascism, religion as the oppressor of man’s free will, and the home as women enclosing place under phallocratic mandate, all these seem to turn this version towards a more explicitly political territory than the original. In order to avoid that underlining, both the text and the staging thrive on materials of diverse natures that pollute and veil its conceptual essence. Therefore, the visual and textual universe of American brut artist Henry Darger (1892-1973) and his saga “The Story of the Vivian Girls, in What is Known as the Realms of the Unreal, of the Glandeco-Angelinian War Storm, Caused by the Child Slave Rebellion”, lists of psychiatric medications taken from a vademecum, or Michel Onfray’s texts where an ethical hedonism is proposed as a “Theory of a Body in Love” are all part of its formal and conceptual guidelines, which focuses its strategy on the oppressive structure of male discourse which, to this day, still holds the female body hostage in every culture around the world. In this manner, it attempts to be a poetic reflection on gender issues.
Text for the program brochure / Konzert Theater Bern, 2015
Actors: Henriette Blumenau, Kirsteen Haardt, Sophie Hottinger, Mona Kloos, Jonathan Loosli, Milva Stark / Dancers: Pauline Briguet, Beatriz Navarro Baena, Izabela Orzelowska, Marion Zurbach / Musicians: Johanna Greulich, Ellen Fallowfield, Louisa Marxen, Clemens Hund-Göschel, Stephen Menotti / Girls Chorus: Anoush, Julia Beldi, Ena Beyli, Julia Sophia Bill, Paula Flurina Bill, Sahar Bitar, Nyama Frauchiger, Amélie Funke, Céline Funke, Ella Gfeller, Pina Hug, Anna Stalder, Ronja Stuker, Lara Von Niederhäusern, Vanessa Zesiger / German translation: Johannes Schrettle / Assistant to the directors: Michaela Christ, Mario Matthias / Photos: Philipp Zinniker / Dramaturg: Karla Mäder / Costumes: Senta Amacker / Set: Frank Holldack / Music: Eunoia Quintett / Choreography: Lisi Estaras / Text: Emilio García Wehbi / Directors: Emilio García Wehbi y Maricel Alvarez